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How Affectionate Are You?

Google offers this definition for affectionate: “readily feeling or showing fondness or tenderness.” Some people are more affectionate than others, and not everyone shows they care in the same ways. I thought it might be fun to chat about our own affectionateness tendencies. I’m an affectionate little bean, particularly in writing. In person, I’m a …

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Reacting to Hurt: A Decision Tool

If you’re anything like me, when someone close to you does something that feels hurtful, there’s a strong urge (sometimes a very strong urge) to react in a way that’s driven by that hurt. That reaction isn’t necessarily appropriate or useful, though, and sometimes it can involve some pretty dumb shit. I came up with …

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Tips on Dealing with Depression in Relationships: Guest Post

This guest post on dealing with depression in relationships, either as the depressed or the non-depressed person, comes from Marimeia of Through Anxiety and Beyond. We’ve done a guest post tradesies, and you can read my post about how fabulous all of you are on her blog here. I have recently been to visit a …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Relationship OCD

Book Review: Relationship OCD

Relationship OCD by Sheva Rajaee is written from the perspective of a therapist who herself has dealt with relationship OCD (ROCD). What a perfect combination! I love that more and more mental health professionals are willing to talk about their own mental health challenges. Throughout the book, the author emphasizes the importance of learning to …

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Book review: Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain

Book Review: Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain

Musings on the Murky Dating and Relationships Terrain is the remarkable memoir #8 from Jacqueline-of-all-trades Marie Abanga, aka MAG. MAG is a lawyer, CBT therapist, motivational speaker, author, and various other things, including Superwoman. In this memoir, the focus is on what she’s learned from dating and relationships over the years. As usual, she brings …

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MH@H book review: The Better Boundaries Workbook

Book Review: The Better Boundaries Workbook

The Better Boundaries Workbook by Sharon Martin uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion, to help readers establish boundaries to function better in relationships. The author is a psychotherapist, and if you’re into mental health on Pinterest, you’ve probably come across some of her pins. The book begins with a look …

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Honesty?

Honesty is the best policy, right? I say no, no, no, no. And let’s add on one more no, just for good measure. I would also like to propose two kinds of “honesty”, only one of which I think actually involves honesty. First, you’ve got things that can be answered or described objectively. Let’s say …

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Mental illness stigma is bad... except for narcissistic personality disorder? - graphic of Narcissus

Stigma Is Bad… Except for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren’t thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as “she’s so bipolar” or “he’s so OCD” or “everyone’s a little ADHD.” Yet, when it comes to narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), all of a sudden …

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